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1. Demystifying ChatGPT: The AI Educator's Guide to Prompt Engineering

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/29/2024 to 6/17/2024

Are you an educator looking to unlock the potential of artificial intelligence in your teaching? Join us for "Demystifying ChatGPT: The AI Educator's Guide to Prompt Engineering." In this dynamic and engaging workshop, we'll take you on a journey to understand the transformative power of AI, specifically ChatGPT, in the classroom.

What to Expect:

  • Demystify ChatGPT: You'll gain a deep understanding of ChatGPT's capabilities, demystifying the world of AI and making it accessible for educators.

  • Unlock the Magic of Prompt Engineering: Learn the art and science of crafting effective prompts for ChatGPT, enabling you to tailor AI-powered interactions to your educational needs.

  • Enhance Your Teaching: Discover how ChatGPT can become your AI teaching assistant, supporting and enriching your educational initiatives.

  • Real-World Applications: Explore practical applications of ChatGPT in diverse educational settings, from K-12 to higher education.

  • Hands-On Practice: Get hands-on experience in prompt design and experiment with real-life teaching scenarios.

  • Collaboration and Networking: Connect with fellow educators and share insights on integrating AI into your teaching toolkit.

2. Mentors Across Borders - Meeting 4

Program: School Library System

Dates: 6/6/2024

The third meeting of Mentors Across Borders for the 2023-2024 School Year.

The program seeks to support new school librarians both professionally and personally in their efforts to become highly effective educators. Research indicates that student learning depends, in part, on constructing a school culture that fosters growth for students and staff alike. We believe that mentors and mentees will learn and grow together in this process. While we are certain that your district provided you with a mentor teacher (not always a school librarian), we aspire to pair you with a mentor with library experience, knowledge and a passion for our profession. The purpose of this program is to connect librarians across "the borders” of their school districts to learn from and support each other while growing a vibrant professional learning network across the region.

Misinformation is always changing, attaching itself to current events and controversial issues, especially on social media sites like X and TikTok. Though these platforms have policies against misinformation, they sometimes fail to enforce them in ways that are consistent and effective. Coupled with bad actors, who create and purposely amplify disinformation, social media can be akin to a landmine with mis- and disinformation lurking at every step. This full-day learning experience will explore the changing misinformation landscape on social media and equip educators with the tools to teach their students how to sift through the digital flood of information to determine its credibility.

4. ASYNCHRONOUS: A More Just Future by Dolly Chugh Book Study (Group 3)

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 8/16/2024

"A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change" by Dolly Chugh is a groundbreaking book that challenges readers to examine their biases and take action towards a more equitable future. This book study is designed for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of systemic racism, privilege, and oppression and equip themselves with practical tools for creating change.

Through engaging storytelling, research-based insights, and actionable strategies, Chugh explores how individuals can confront their own biases and work towards creating a more just and inclusive world. The book study will provide opportunities for discussion and reflection, allowing participants to share insights, ask questions, and learn from one another.

Participants will leave the book study with a deeper understanding of the psychological tools and strategies necessary for driving social change and a renewed sense of commitment to creating a more equitable future. This book study is ideal for educators, human resource professionals, social workers, and anyone committed to creating a more just and inclusive world.

5. Asynchronous: Book Cafe 2.0 & BOB Question Writing (July/August 2024)

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 8/23/2024

We are on a quest to find exciting new books for our libraries and classrooms. Each participant will write blog post reviews of 4 books via a LibGuide blog in July and August, helping us crowdsource the best new books in our region!

Participants in the Battle of the Books program will also create questions for the battles based on these books.

The Details:

  • Reviewing one chapter book or two picture books earns 1 credit hour.
  • Earn up to 4 credits from reviews
  • An additional 4 credits can be earned from question writing for the Battle of the Books, for a total of up to 8 credits.

If you have questions, please contact me at hturner@ocmboces.org

PLEASE NOTE: This entirely online and asynchronous course does not meet in person, but hours are recorded for district Professional Learning regulations.

6. ASYNCRONOUS: Book Study on AI in the Classroom (Group 2)

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 8/16/2024

Consider signing up for this book study exploring two intriguing books centered on AI in education. The first book, "AI for Educators" by Matt Miller, offers a teacher-focused perspective on how AI can revolutionize education. It demystifies AI and presents practical ideas for classroom implementation, saving time and enhancing teaching. It provides valuable insights into the future of education in an AI-driven world.

The second book, "The AI Infused Classroom: Inspiring Ideas to Shift Teaching and Maximize Meaningful Learning" by Holly Clark, delves into AI's immediate presence in education. Holly Clark, an experienced educator, explores AI models' strengths and weaknesses, like ChatGPT, and their impact on writing and communication. She emphasizes teaching students to use AI appropriately to enhance learning. AI is a powerful tool but doesn't replace skilled teachers; they are essential in preparing students for an AI-driven future.

Both books offer actionable steps to understand and utilize AI in the classroom. They highlight AI's potential to revolutionize education and stress thoughtful integration alongside skilled teaching. Our Book Study encourages meaningful discussions, preparing educators for exciting AI opportunities in education.

Note: This Book Study is completely asynchronous, allowing flexible engagement. Please disregard times; provided dates are the only relevant scheduling items. Let's embark on this enriching journey together!

7. Discovery Education Bootcamp (Group 2)

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/8/2024

Discovery Education continues to empower educators with resources, strategies and tools for creating quality lessons using multi-modal digital resources. For Back-to-School, we are combining all that teachers and students love about the DE ecosystem with new content to keep all learners curious and engaged. Join us this Fall at OCM BOCES to learn about the best ways to utilize all that Discovery Education has to offer as well as exciting updated features, synchronous and asynchronous resources, assignment templates, Ready-to-Use activities, video quizzes, and much more!
RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE: Librarians, Technology Integration Specialists, Lead Teachers, Curriculum. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Discovery Education.

8. WEBINAR: Using Peardeck to Increase Student Engagement

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/11/2024

Using Peardeck to Increase Student Engagement

Overview: Enhance classroom interaction and learning with Peardeck. Ideal for educators aiming to integrate technology and foster a dynamic learning environment.

What You Will Learn:

  • Introduction to Peardeck: Core functionalities and teaching transformation.
  • Engagement Strategies: Interactive presentations to captivate students.
  • Real-Time Assessments: Instant feedback to adjust teaching methods.
  • Tool Integration: Works seamlessly with Google Slides and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Who Should Attend: Perfect for K-12 teachers, educational technologists, and administrators.

Key Benefits:

  • Boost student participation and attention.
  • Monitor learning progress in real time.
  • Create an inclusive environment where every student has a voice.

Join Us: Transform your classroom with Peardeck. Gain valuable insights and tools to make lessons more interactive and impactful.

9. WEBINAR: AI Accelerators: Turbocharge Your Teaching Tactics

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/11/2024

AI Accelerators: Turbocharge Your Teaching Tactics

Overview: Embark on a journey to revolutionize your teaching practices with artificial intelligence. Discover how AI can streamline your workload, enhance classroom efficiency, and allow you to focus on inspiring your students.

What You Will Learn:

  • AI in Education: Understand the fundamentals of AI and its transformative potential in teaching.
  • Streamlining Workload: Learn how AI tools can manage routine tasks, freeing you to engage more deeply with students.
  • Enhancing Efficiency: See how AI optimizes classroom management and learning outcomes through real-time adjustments.
  • Hands-On Activities: Participate in interactive demonstrations and practical exercises to integrate AI tools into your teaching.

Session Format: This session will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussions to provide a comprehensive understanding of AI applications in education.

Who Should Attend: Educators looking to integrate AI into their teaching to enhance learning experiences and operational efficiency.

Join Us: Elevate your teaching with cutting-edge AI technology. Unlock a treasure trove of time-saving strategies and innovative tools to take your teaching to new heights.

10. WEBINAR: Upping Your Website Game with Google Sites

Program: School Library System

Dates: 7/15/2024

Upping Your Website Game with Google Sites

Overview: Elevate your online presence using Google Sites! This webinar is designed for individuals eager to enhance their website's effectiveness and appeal. Learn how to leverage Google Sites to create a dynamic and engaging platform with ease.

What You Will Learn:

  • Google Sites Essentials: Master the basics and advanced features of Google Sites to build and customize your website.
  • Design Principles: Apply key elements of web design within Google Sites to captivate and engage visitors.
  • User Experience: Optimize navigation and interface to enhance user satisfaction and retention.
  • SEO and Google Sites: Implement SEO best practices specific to Google Sites to improve your site's visibility and search rankings.
  • Content Strategies: Develop compelling content optimized for performance and conversion on Google Sites.

Join Us: Transform your website with Google Sites. Whether you're overhauling your current site or refining specific aspects, this webinar will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge for online success.

11. WEBINAR: Leveraging Regional Purchases

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators, librarians, and administrators

Dates: 7/15/2024

Overview: Maximize the School Library Systems resources available to the O²CM region. This webinar will explore a variety of digital tools and provide strategies for effectively using them in educational environments.

Featured Resources:

  • Digital Theatre+: Live and recorded theatre performances.
  • Feature Films: Cinematic works for educational use.
  • Legends of Learning & Basecamp: Game-based educational tools.
  • LitCharts+: Literature guides and analysis.
  • Newsbank Collections: Extensive news archives and specialized resources covering diverse perspectives.
  • Teaching Books, Teen Health & Wellness, Noodletools: Enhance learning with multimedia, health education, and research tools.

Learning Outcomes: Integrate these resources into your curriculum, optimize usage, and improve educational outcomes with digital tools.

Who Should Attend: Educators, librarians, and administrators in the O²CM region looking to expand their digital resource toolkit.

Join Us: Gain insights into effectively utilizing these tools to benefit your educational setting. Discover tips and tricks for enhancing resource engagement and impact.

12. The Power of Play: Transforming Secondary Education with Board Games

Program: School Library System

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/17/2024

The use of board games in education is under-utilized. During this session we will focus on secondary level board games. As we come out of this pandemic, and adjust to new directions, education can reinvent itself, and create better learning environments. Gamification is a popular teaching buzz word that suggests educators take an element of play and retrofit it to achieve a classroom learning objective. Games can engage students with different learning styles and inspire individual creativity. Board games represent the missing tool in our toolboxes, and they can replace the traditional lectures with a method that reaches all students. This interactive professional development is for educators who want to use board games as teaching tools.
  • Board games can be used in all content areas and teach a variety of skills including:
  • Social, Emotional, Learning concepts
  • Problem solving
  • Trial & Error - Failure as a way of learning
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Creativity & Problem Solving

  • During this professional development educators will experience board games, be provided with sample lesson plans and include time to actually play games.

13. Pawns and Play: Boards Games in Elementary EDU

Program: School Library System

Audience: Elementary educators, curriculum designers, and educational technologists

Dates: 7/22/2024

Join us for a full-day, in-person workshop exploring the integration of board games into elementary education, aligned with educational standards. This hands-on session will provide educators with practical strategies to make learning interactive, engaging, and effective through board games.

What You Will Learn:

  • Curriculum Alignment: Select and utilize board games that complement and enhance your curriculum, aligning with specific educational standards.
  • Engagement Techniques: Boost student engagement and foster critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.
  • Game Selection: Choose the right games for different age groups and learning objectives.
  • Assessment Strategies: Assess and track learning outcomes through interactive game play.

Workshop Format: This interactive session includes demonstrations, group discussions, and hands-on gameplay. Educators will have the opportunity to experience educational board games firsthand and learn how to effectively incorporate them into their classrooms.

Who Should Attend: Elementary educators, curriculum designers, and educational technologists interested in integrating game-based learning into their teaching practice.

Join Us: Enhance your teaching methods by incorporating engaging board games into your educational toolkit. This professional development day will provide you with practical tips and creative ideas to meet educational standards while making learning fun and impactful.

14. WEBINAR: LibGuides Start to Finish

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators, librarians, and administrators

Dates: 7/23/2024

Overview: Master the creation and management of LibGuides from start to finish in this comprehensive webinar. Ideal for librarians and educators, this session will equip you with the skills to design, populate, and optimize your guides to enhance user engagement and resource accessibility.

What You Will Learn:

  • Design Essentials: Understand the basics of LibGuides layout and design principles to create visually appealing and functional guides.
  • Content Management: Learn how to effectively organize content, integrate multimedia elements, and utilize widgets for a dynamic user experience.
  • Maintenance Tips: Gain insights on regular updating and maintaining your LibGuides to ensure they remain relevant and useful.

Who Should Attend: Librarians, educational technologists, and anyone involved in creating or managing LibGuides.

Join Us: Whether you are new to LibGuides or looking to refine your existing skills, this webinar will provide you with a toolkit of strategies and insights to create effective and engaging guides. Enhance your library's offerings and user experience with expert guidance.

15. WEBINAR: Battle of the Books Tips & Tricks

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators, librarians, and administrators

Dates: 7/23/2024

Overview: This webinar is for those new to Battle the Books or are looking to up their game. Enhance the Battle of the Books program with proven strategies and innovative tricks in this focused webinar. This session will provide essential insights to run a successful and engaging program.

What You Will Learn:

  • Details: Receive an introduction to all things Battle of the Books. The who, what, where, when and how it can be done.
  • Preparation Strategies: Learn how to prepare students, set up teams, and schedule events.
  • Engagement Techniques: Discover methods to increase student interest and participation throughout the competition.
  • Event Management: Gain tips on how to run a battle and the different ways you can accomplish this task.

16. WEBINAR: Unleash the Power of Canva

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators, librarians, and administrators

Dates: 8/7/2024

Overview: Unlock the full potential of Canva in this dynamic webinar designed for beginners and seasoned users alike. Learn how to create stunning graphics, presentations, and media with ease, enhancing your digital content creation skills.

What You Will Learn:

  • Canva Basics: Navigate the interface and utilize essential tools for designing impactful visuals.
  • Advanced Techniques: Explore advanced features like animation, brand kits, and collaborative tools to elevate your designs.
  • Template Customization: Master the art of customizing templates to fit your specific needs, saving time and maintaining brand consistency.
  • Practical Applications: Apply your skills to real-world projects, from social media graphics to professional presentations.

Join Us: Step up your design game and make an impact with your visual content. This webinar will provide you with the tools and techniques to harness the power of Canva for all your creative projects.

17. WEBINAR: Information Hubs: Creating a Dashboard of Resources

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators, librarians, and administrators

Dates: 8/7/2024

Overview: Learn to consolidate and manage information effectively by creating a comprehensive dashboard of resources. This webinar is perfect for educators looking to streamline data access.

What You Will Learn:

  • Dashboard Design: Principles of effective dashboard layout to enhance usability and accessibility.
  • Resource Integration: Techniques for integrating various types of resources, including databases, websites, and documents, videos, and images into a cohesive platform.
  • Tools and Technology: Overview of tools and software that can facilitate the creation and maintenance of an efficient resource dashboard.
  • Best Practices: Tips on maintaining and updating your dashboard to keep it relevant and useful.

18. Discovery Education Bootcamp (Group 3)

Program: School Library System

Dates: 9/18/2024

Discovery Education continues to empower educators with resources, strategies, and tools for creating quality lessons using multi-modal digital resources. For Back-to-School, we are combining all that teachers and students love about the DE ecosystem with new content to keep all learners curious and engaged. Join us to learn about the best ways to utilize all that Discovery Education has to offer including, supports for the new Science Investigations, Seal of Civic Readiness resources, assignment templates, Ready-to-Use activities, video quizzes, and much more!

RECOMMENDED AUDIENCE: Librarians, Technology Integration Specialists, Lead Teachers, Curriculum. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Discovery Education.

19. SLS Communication Coordinators Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Communication Coordinator Designee, SLS Members

Dates: 9/26/2024

The SLS Communication Coordinators meetings are designed to be a bridge between the School Library System team and the school librarians in each of the districts and non-public schools that are members of the system. Each district has a designated Communication Coordinator who is required to attend the meetings but all members are welcome to attend. The morning (8:30 am to 11:30 am) will be a "Communities of Practice" meeting, topic to be decided at a later date. The second half of the day (12:30 pm to 3:00 pm) will be the Communication Coordinators meeting.

20. SLS Council Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Library System Council Members

Dates: 9/26/2024

These meetings are attended by members of the SLS Advisory Council that have been chosen and elected by the Communication Coordinators committee. The SLS Council advises the School Library System and help create the Plan of Service and approves the SLS budget and Annual Report. All members of the SLS are welcome to attend but only member of the council may vote on recommendations. Please feel free to join us in person, or via Zoom

21. SLS Council Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Library System Council Members

Dates: 11/26/2024

These meetings are attended by members of the SLS Advisory Council that have been chosen and elected by the Communication Coordinators committee. The SLS Council advises the School Library System and help create the Plan of Service and approves the SLS budget and Annual Report. All members of the SLS are welcome to attend but only member of the council may vote on recommendations. Please feel free to join us in person, or via Zoom

22. SLS Communication Coordinators Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Communication Coordinator Designee, SLS Members

Dates: 12/3/2024

The SLS Communication Coordinators meetings are designed to be a bridge between the School Library System team and the school librarians in each of the districts and non-public schools that are members of the system. Each district has a designated Communication Coordinator who is required to attend the meetings but all members are welcome to attend. The morning (8:30 am to 11:30 am) will be a "Communities of Practice" meeting, topic to be decided at a later date. The second half of the day (12:30 pm to 3:00 pm) will be the Communication Coordinators meeting.

23. SLS Communication Coordinators Meeting (Virtual)

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Communication Coordinator Designee, SLS Members

Dates: 1/15/2025

The SLS Communication Coordinators meetings are designed to be a bridge between the School Library System team and the school librarians in each of the districts and non-public schools that are members of the system. Each district has a designated Communication Coordinator who is required to attend the meetings but all members are welcome to attend.

24. SLS Communication Coordinators Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Communication Coordinator Designee, SLS Members

Dates: 3/11/2025

The SLS Communication Coordinators meetings are designed to be a bridge between the School Library System team and the school librarians in each of the districts and non-public schools that are members of the system. Each district has a designated Communication Coordinator who is required to attend the meetings but all members are welcome to attend. The morning (8:30 am to 11:30 am) will be a "Communities of Practice" meeting, topic to be decided at a later date. The second half of the day (12:30 pm to 3:00 pm) will be the Communication Coordinators meeting.

25. SLS Council Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Library System Council Members

Dates: 3/11/2025

These meetings are attended by members of the SLS Advisory Council that have been chosen and elected by the Communication Coordinators committee. The SLS Council advises the School Library System and help create the Plan of Service and approves the SLS budget and Annual Report. All members of the SLS are welcome to attend but only member of the council may vote on recommendations. Please feel free to join us in person, or via Zoom